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Water supply to help bees at border. Industry Does State’s Job
Almond and apiary groups are working with the California Department of Agriculture to make sure truckers hauling bees into the Golden State have adequate access to water at border inspection stations.
More than 1.6 million honeybee colonies are expected to enter the state in time for next year's almond bloom, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation.
Concerned about inspection delays at some border stations, the California State Beekeeper's Association, Project Apis m. and the Almond Board of California each contributed $5,000 to upgrade water availability at those locations.
The water keeps the colonies cool and encourages the bees to stay within the hives.
About 2,700 truckloads of bee colonies enter the state annually between October and January, the federation reported.
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